This page contains links to the Church of England website and updates from Bishop David and Bishop Nicholas.


Church of England updates and information 

Church of England website - Coronavirus guidance for churches   

This page includes:

Guidance for churches on the following broad headings with further FAQs

  • Prayer and worship
  • Life events
  • Community support
  • Fabric and building maintenance
  • Finance and governance
  • School and nurseries
  • General 

Documents - On the same page there is also a suite of documents on the following:

  • Guidance
  • Resources
  • Further reading

Digital resources - links to the following:

  • Weekly national online services
  • Time to Pray app
  • Daytime prayer and Night prayer service audio
  • Mental health reflections
  • Live streaming services
  • Weekly music and hymns
  • Running a range of training webinars
  • Prayer for the day
  • Smart speakers
  • A Daily Hope phone line is also available for those without internet access

Older statements from the national Church

The Archbishops and Bishops of the Church of England have urged everyone to follow the instructions given by the Prime Minister and to stay at home: Monday 23rd March 2020

The letter from the Archbishops and Bishops of the Church of England: Tuesday 24th March 2020

The letter from Archbishops Welby and Sentamu: Tuesday 17th March 2020


Updates from Bishop David and Bishop Nicholas

All the videos can be viewed both via these links and on the diocesan YouTube channel which also contains many other videos covering life in the diocese. 

A reflection from Bishop David: Wednesday 2nd September 

A reflection from Bishop David: Wednesday 26th August

Coronavirus update 33: Thursday 23rd July

Coronavirus update 32: Tuesday 14th July

Coronavirus update 31: Thursday 9th July

Coronavirus update 30: Tuesday 7th July

Coronavirus update 29: Friday 3rd July

Coronavirus update 28: Wednesday 1st July

Coronavirus update 27: Tuesday 30th June

Coronavirus update 26: Friday 26th June

Coronavirus update 25: Tuesday 23rd June

A reflection from Bishop Nicholas: Monday 22nd June (video)

A reflection from Bishop David: Monday 15th June (video)

An address from Bishop Nicholas: Monday 8th June (video)

Coronavirus update 24: Friday 5th June

Coronavirus update 23: Tuesday 2nd June

Coronavirus update 22: Thursday 21st May

Coronavirus update 21: Tuesday 19th May

A refection from Bishop David: Monday 18th May (video)

Coronavirus update 20: Thursday 14th May

Coronavirus update 19: Tuesday 12th May

A reflection from Bishop Nicholas: Monday 11th May (video)

oronavirus update 18: Thursday 7th May

Coronavirus update 17: Tuesday 5th May

A reflection from Bishop David: Tuesday 5th May (video)

Coronavirus update 16: Thursday 30th April

A reflection from Bishop Nicholas: Tuesday 28th April (video)

A reflection from Bishop David: Tuesday 21st April (video)

Coronavirus update 15: Wednesday 8th April

Coronavirus update 14: Monday 6th April

Coronavirus update 13: Friday 3rd April

Coronavirus update 12: Thursday 2nd April

Coronavirus update 11: Wednesday 1st April

Coronavirus update 10: Tuesday 31st March

Coronavirus update 9: Monday 30th March

Coronavirus update 8: Friday 27th March

Coronavirus update 7: Thursday 26th March 

Coronavirus update 6: Wednesday 25th March

Coronavirus update 5: Tuesday 24th March

A brief update from the Bishop's chaplain on behalf of Bishop David and Bishop Nicholas: Tuesday 24th March

Coronavirus update 4: Monday 23rd March

Coronavirus update 3: Friday 20th March

Coronavirus update 2: Thursday 19th March 

Coronavirus update 1: Wednesday 18th March

Guidance from the Diocesan Registry on marriage: Wednesday 18th March

Ad clerum: Tuesday 17th March 2020


Resources - Diocese of Lincoln documents

Provision for virtual and hybrid Annual Parochial Church Meetings

Information and guidance regarding Annual parochial Church meetings. 

Provision_for_virtual_and_hybrid_Annual_Parochial_Church_Meetings.docx

APCM_Instrument_6.8.20.pdf

Sustaining Giving during COVID-19. In this document you will find information on giving at the individual and church level as well as other online giving ideas. You can also read this on the Stewardship page of the website here.


The Bishops Office on Facebook

The bishops have a new Facebook page: Lincoln – Bishop's Office (@lincolnbishopsoffice) 

On this page there is a video message from Bishop David (posted on Monday, 30th March 2020), plus a video message from Bishop Nicholas. (The videos may also be found here.)

The Ven. Dr Justine Allain Chapman, Archdeacon of Boston, is offering a 'Resilience A to Z'. The author of The Resilient Disciple (SPCK, 2018) and Resilient Pastors (SPCK, 2012), the content may be found on the diocesan Facebook page.


Furlough of staff in the Diocesan Offices

To ensure that the Diocesan Central Services were able to continue providing a quality service and were able to protect jobs for the future, the LDTBF made the decision to offer voluntary furlough to members of staff during the coronavirus outbreak. All staff are now back from furlough however some are still on reduced hours.


Becoming a different sort of church - online activities in the diocese

This story can be found on the diocesan website https://www.lincoln.anglican.org/

An article on Becoming a 'different sort of church' (published Tuesday 24th March) which lists details of churches offering a live streamed service (those that we are aware of) and other community resources such as Coronavirus care lists where those in need can opt-in to receive a daily telephone call etc. 


The Community of St Hugh

This community has pledged to pray for the transformation of lives in Greater Lincolnshire. They would like to make their prayers specific and focused throughout this Coronavirus pandemic, and so are proposing a daily email containing the usual prayers (Collect of St Hugh, Diocesan prayer etc.) together with focused prayer requests for specific people in need, or particular projects in which our Churches are involved.

To do this, they need your help!

  • They need your prayer requests – please send them to [email protected]
  • They need your answers to prayer sent to the same email address.
  • If you are requesting prayer for particular individuals in need, please obtain their consent, or supply only their first names.
  • The emails will be sent to every member of the Community of St Hugh for whom they have an email address. If you do not wish to receive these daily emails, please confirm this by email and your name will be removed.

With social distancing and self-isolation kicking in, it is easy to lose sight of our own wellbeing, out of concern for others. We cannot hold prayer meetings, but we can:

  • Get outside for prayer-walks
  • Sit in the garden for reflection
  • Make contact with prayer partners through phone or video links
  • Get creative

The updates and the prayers can be read here (these will be refreshed each week):

Wednesday 18th to Tuesday 24th November


Board of Education

Messages and information issued by the Diocese of Lincoln Board of Education may be found here.